Hotelier Email Marketing Challenges & Solutions [Post 3 of 5]

Email marketing is an excellent tool for hoteliers to stay in touch with their guests and prospects. Travel related email campaigns retain a loyal audience and create direct revenue opportunities with past, present, and future customers. In this five part blog series we will address common challenges hoteliers face and explore how email marketing is the most effective solution to meet these challenges.

Today’s blog post highlights how hotel marketers can consolidate data to deliver one-to-one messages in real-time. Whether you are new to email marketing or are looking to refine your email campaigns, learn how you can use email to drive action and increase profits.

Hotelier Email Marketing Challenges & Solutions [Post 2 of 5]

Email marketing is an excellent tool for hoteliers to stay in touch with their guests and prospects. Travel related email campaigns retain a loyal audience and create direct revenue opportunities with past, present, and future customers. In this five part blog series we will address common challenges hoteliers face and explore how email marketing is the most effective solution to meet these challenges.

Today’s blog post highlights how automated email marketing is effective at improving customer retention. Whether you are new to email marketing or looking to refine your email campaigns, learn how you can use email to drive action and increase profits.

Is Your Email Campaign Missing the Mark?

Don’t Mistarget Your Marketing Efforts

Honing in on your target audience will help you sharpen your message.

A well-planned marketing campaign should take place before you hit the send button. To achieve success, targeted email marketing campaigns take time and patience. Many marketers make the mistake of batching-and-blasting to their entire email list. Rather than using a “one size fits all” approach, focus your marketing efforts and hone in on your target audience. Honing in on your target audience will help you sharpen your message.

Rethink your current marketing strategy by asking yourself a few simple questions:

  • Is the content relevant to my subscribers?
  • Does the email look good?
  • Does it reflect a positive image of my brand?
  • Am I getting the right message to the right subscriber at the right time?
  • Would I respond to the message if I got it?

Test This, Not That: Email Campaign Testing Beyond the Subject Line

Test This, Not ThatI’m sure you’ve read it before: employing testing as an optimization tactic has been proven to be an extremely efficient means of increasing email marketing performance. What you may not have read is that the most widely used testing strategies are not always the most effective.

Drive Engagement: Automate Your Lead Nurture Strategy

When creating your lead nurturing campaign it’s important that you carefully plan the flow of your emails to ensure that your overall campaign guides your leads through the funnel. Implement automatically triggered campaigns (a series of automated emails called a “drip” campaign) that deliver consistent brand messages at specified time intervals and when leads reach certain milestones. In a long sales cycle, messages need to be more informative and not a sales pitch. Offer them something of value (webinars, eBooks, white papers, articles, free reports, blog posts, etc.).

Here are five essential elements of an effective lead nurturing campaign:

Four ways Email Marketing Will Make or Break the 2012 Presidential Election

As the countdown begins for the 2012 Presidential Election, both candidates Romney and Obama have plenty to think about while they plan out their election campaign strategy. A sluggish U.S economy where job growth has stalled, troubles looming in Europe that threaten to produce another sovereign debt crisis, and subtle hints that emerging markets might not be able to sustain global growth are some of the main concerns that the presidential candidates will have to convince the American public they can solve.

7 Email Marketing Trends You Cannot Ignore

7 Email Marketing Trends You Cannot IgnoreAre your campaigns reaching the intended audiences?

To maximize the power of email — as well as emerging channels such as social and mobile — you have to think about how these channels fit into your overall marketing strategy and objectives. What channels are best suited to build your brand, help deepen customer relationships, or reach your target market?

Email marketing is an essential part of any successful marketing mix. Large enterprises, as well as small-to-medium sized businesses, use email marketing to engage their target audience by providing compelling and relevant content. The latest email marketing technology allows you to deepen customer relationships, turn leads into sales opportunities, and move them forward in the buying process.

Maximize Your Advertising Spend

Maximize Your Advertising Spend

Segmentation is a question of determining the common attributes and characteristics found in a group of buyers that enable you to look at them, and market to them, in a similar fashion.

Start by capturing vital data about who your users, purchasers and influencers are and what interests them. By profiling and segmenting consumers based upon demographics, lifestyle preferences and behaviors, you can maximize your advertising spend and target the audience which will be the most responsive to your messaging. The more information you can collect about them, the more innovative you can make your targeting strategies. The more segments you have, the more focused you can be about selecting one or more groups to target with a distinct marketing message.

Move Beyond The One Size Fits All Approach

Now is the time to take your email marketing program to the next level, and move beyond the “one size fits all” model, and strive to customize products and services for individual needs. Segmentation can help.

A company that treats all customers and prospects the same speaks to everybody, and thus nobody. Rather than a “batch-and blast” approach, identify the most likely targets for a product or service.

Instead of viewing customers/prospects as single-minded groups, all with the same wants and needs, consider how wants and needs might differ among them, and how those differences might influence their purchasing patterns and behaviors.

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